Alcohol abuse and alcohol ban problem in Kerala is an age-old sore spot. But none had been as severe as the UDF’s government’s decision to shut down nearly 730 bars on 31st May 2015. Liquor licenses were granted only to five star hotels and bars that have been following code of conduct were turned into beer and wine parlours.
The state has been reeling under the effect of this decision ever since with people queuing up outside licensed beverage stores for their daily bottle. Adults and school students alike, began misusing cough syrups for a high, which called for inspections at medical stores by Excise Department and Drugs Control Department in January this year. Also, according to reports, drug abuse among school children have increased.
In a recent development, Kerala Government has urged the Supreme Court on not to consider toddy, beer and wine as liquor. The Supreme Court had earlier passed an order to shut liquor shops on national and state highways, Kerala Government sought a clarification on whether beer and wine parlours and toddy shops will be included in the ban order.